Walks With Cora : Sharon Woods

Earlier this week, my friend Jazz came to visit and we filled our days with lots of adventure. On her last day in town, we headed to Sharon Woods.  I used to go here pretty often before I had Cora. There is a quiet little trail along a creek and it was close to Ben's work, so I would swing by after I dropped him off and go for a quick hike with Clove.  It was fun bringing Cora back and and remembering all of the times I came up here while I was pregnant.  I don't think I've ever taken her to a creek before, but she loved it so much that we might have to find a couple other places to go play. Cora was hesitant at first, but after a couple of minutes she really got into it and didn't want to get out when it was time to leave. I love adventuring with her.

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Master Bedroom : More Progress

This month, I joined ThriftDiving's 30 day room makeover challenge to get as much stuff in the bedroom done as possible. I had a little hiccup in the middle of the month and didn't get much done for the middle two weeks, but I'm happy with the amount of progress we've made so far. Check out this post to see where we left off.
We spend a lot of time in here just hanging out with the girls, watching movies, reading, cuddling, rough housing, and playing.  I wanted to make this a place filled with love and family.  I got a bunch of pictures that I love of different combinations of the five of us (including Clove).  Each picture makes me so happy to look at and I love this little wall of family. 
The brackets for the shelf are from IKEA and I was originally going to use it for my closet, but figured this would be the perfect spot. I had this piece of wood that I got from a pallet salvage place and Ben cut it down to size for me.  It had some writing on the side, but it mostly came off when I oiled the piece down.  I'm thinking about tracing over the letters to add a little bit of character, but I haven't decided yet. It's the perfect little shelf for our speakers, my planner/journal, and a little box of photos.  
I picked out some black and white curtains and hung them in Ben's studio (door on the left). I sewed them together so both sides are showing pattern and we can block out more of the light when he's working in there at night. We also hung up one of the tapestries I bought when I traveled to Burkina Faso.
We made plans to build a larger headboard and bed that is layered in front with this upholstered headboard.  I had all of the parts for the upholstered part, so I went ahead and built that before we get to building the rest of the piece. 
I was surprised at how easy and fairly inexpensive building this headboard was. First, I upholstered this piece with some plain fabric and then created a slipcover so that I would be able to take this off and wash it.  Knowing that we have messy toddlers and love to have 'picnics' and movies in bed, the slipcover was totally necessary.  I'll share a tutorial on that soon.

We're about halfway done, so here is where we are on the to do list:
+ Replace fan. (done, just need pictures)
+ Build bed/side tables.  I have some ideas for this, but no official plans yet.
+ Build/upholster headboard
+ Hang pictures.  Planning a wall of pictures (kind of like Ashley's)
+ Get rug or FLOR tiles.  This is a tricky room since the bed is covering half of it and the other half is essentially a cut through for the bathroom and man cave.  Thinking FLOR tiles may be the way to go.
+ Mount TV.  Still deciding if I want it in it's current spot or if we want it above the dresser.  Once we decide, we'll put it up since we already have a mount. (we're going to skip mounting this for now)
+ Redo closet. Paint whole closet and put in to place some kind of organization system
+ Make art for above the beds.  I'm thinking of some kind of wall hanging or even hanging some african baskets.  I have a bunch of ideas so I'm putting that off until the bed gets done.
+ Figure out something to do with the giant blank wall... Ben and I are leaning towards a giant black and white photo, but we haven't picked anything yet.
+ Curtains? Or some other window covering? Ida likes looking out the window so she has torn up the blinds (we have breakaway ones and she is constantly being watched, so she isn't in danger), so I'm thinking of a roman shade


Life With Ida : 10 Months

This month seemed like a big one for Ida.  She's suddenly seeming less newborn/baby and more baby/toddler. She is always surprising me and I fall more and more in love with her each day.

Ida does a pretty good job moving around, but in the last week or so she has really been moving quickly. I can put her down and move to the next room and she just follows along. Ida likes to see what everyone is doing and is so curious about her surroundings. Ida always follows Cora around when she's moving from room to room upstairs. One afternoon I decided to see what she'd do on the steps.  Without any hesitation or instruction, she scurried up the stairs like a pro.  
The other day, Ida was whining and I didn't have a pacifier with me so I put my finger in her mouth... and felt her first tooth (finally)! I excitedly told Ben and then I clapped.  I was weirdly excited about her first tooth.  Ida smiled the biggest proudest smile and it was so sweet. So far, she hasn't been the happiest teether, but we're slowly finding what works best for her to find a little relief.

We had her 9 month checkup a couple weeks ago.  She was measuring at 10th percentile in height and I'm realizing more and more just how different two kids from the same gene pool can be. I love this little babe and it's kind of nice that she isn't growing up too fast because I'm getting to savor her tiny baby-ness a little bit longer... and if she stays smaller, we'll be able to time our clothing rotation and use a lot of Cora's 1 year old winter clothes where we haven't been able to use a majority of our seasonal clothes so far.
Ida loves her big sister and always wants to know what Cora is up to.  She wants to play with all of Cora's toys and sometimes tease her.  They love to cuddle and tickle each other and need to be around each other constantly. Some mornings when both girls are in my bed, I sneak out and they slowly scooch towards each other to cuddle.  They quickly pick up on each other's sleeping positions and always match.
Ida sleeps almost all the way through the night... except when she was teething. If she wakes up in the middle of the night, she pops and smiles the biggest smile excitedly making a sniffing noise with her nose. She loves spending time with us and needs to be in the same room or being held by me or Ben. Sometimes it gets exhausting carrying her around all of the time, but I love those extra cuddles with my babe.
I love watching Ida grow and learn. Her smile is so bright that her entire face lights up when she's happy. Ida baby has brought so much joy to our life in such a short amount of time. I can't believe that she is so close to turning one and I can't wait to see what the coming months have in store for her.


Conversations With Cora : Part V

I'm not doing that great of a job documenting the hilarious things Cora says lately since she's basically always funny.  Here are a couple ones that I remembered to write down:
Discussing what we're going to have for dinner
"Whoever had a lot of birthdays gets to pick Skyline... I had a lot of birthdays so I pick Skyline"
She does this where she'll say something like "whoever's name is Cora gets to pick to go on a walk" or other silly things like that when we're trying to make decisions.

"I call you step mudder, cause we are the evil step sisters!"
Discussing her nails:
"I slept and slept then BOOP, they were long!"

"I want a brother.  Girls are too loud.  I'm trying to sleep, but Ida keeps waking me up. (not true) Go to sleep Ida *SIGH"

When showing Ida her firefly jar:
"Ida, It's nature, Ida! Look it's nature!"
When Ben was taking a bath:
"You look like your old self, Dad! ...with your big old clown hair."

GLUBS = gloves
TA TA! = replacement for Tada!
In these pictures, Cora was drawing the two of us with lots of legs. She got annoyed because my legs were somehow longer than hers... even though she is the one drawing them. "What the heck mom! Why are you legs longer than mine?!"


A Quick Baby Quilt

Ben called me at work one day and excitedly announced we would get to meet our nephew. He is a similar age to my sister's son, but we haven't met him yet and only received a couple of pictures. Ben asked if I made him a quilt yet.  I hadn't, so I needed to get to work.  I decided to just do a quick striped design (simple and manly, but still fun and bold) with some plain fabrics I had on stash.

I was able to sew the front, baste, and quilt the blanket all in one evening. I'm loving this quick and easy design and I definitely think I'll be making it again with different color/pattern combinations.

I used Henry Alexander Casa Azul in Pool for the binding (purchased from BobbieLouFabric) and finished that up the following evening. I'm loving the outcome and I can't wait to see our nephew using this quilt. We met him over the weekend and it was fun seeing him open our gifts and run around with Cora.


ThriftDiving Reader of the Month!

This month, I was selected as ThriftDiving's reader of the month.  I've loved following along the last couple years as Serena became a full time blogger.  She does an awesome job of teaching me something new in each post and her tutorials are thorough, full of information, and easy to understand.  I love that I can go to ThriftDiving and always find unique projects and ideas. So if you don't already follow ThriftDiving, head over to Serena's blog and check it out.
If you're coming over from ThriftDiving... Welcome!  I love to share updates on our house projects, quilts, random DIYs, the occasional recipe, and lots and lots of day-to-day pictures of my family and our adventures.

See our 'before' house tour here.  In the last month or two I've shared some progress pictures of each room. (Kitchen, Dining room, Living room, girl's bedroom, our master bedroom, and the exterior). I participated in Serena's 30 day challenge with the girl's bedroom and our master and I have loved the extra push to get things done... There is even a great Facebook group for challenge participants and I've gotten some great feedback and tips for projects I'm working on.

Thank you for stopping by!


Lemonade Stand

Saturday, Cora decided she finally wanted to set up her lemonade stand.  We purchased everything for the stand a couple of weeks ago and knew it would be something that Cora would love to do. We mixed up our secret lemonade recipe and got everything set up outside. Cora was a huge help with everything and loved testing the lemonade.
Seconds after I taped the sign to the front of the table, a man pulled up and bought our first lemonade. He sipped it as he walked away before turning around and saying "you know what?! This is actually good!" That was a comment that we got a lot from a lot of our customers.  I wasn't sure how to react to that, but I'm glad everyone liked it.
Our neighbor friend stopped by end helped out a little bit and run around with Cora between customers. He has some plans to do a snow cone stand some day, so that will be fun to collaborate with them.

Cora was waving at all of the passing cars and she loved having people stop by and get lemonade. Whenever she would see somebody walking down the street she would say "There is another customer!" Whenever someone passing didn't have money, we went ahead and gave them some on the house. Cora loves serving others, so this has been really fun for her.

Cora made a pretty good amount and is halfway back to breaking even. She used her money to treat the family to Green Man Twist ice cream. We plan on making some cookies or some other kind of treat to expand our inventory for the next lemonade setup and I imagine this will be a fairly regular thing for us.

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